Cheltenham Festival 2020 Day 4: Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips – best bets for Friday, March 13


Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow, eight times champion jockey Peter Scudamore, Britain’s No 1 horse watcher Ken Pitterson and Irish expert Jane Mangan share their tips for day four of the Cheltenham Festival featuring the Gold Cup. 

Al Boum Photo seeking to be the first horse since Best Mate to retain Cheltenham Gold Cup

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY FOUR

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

1.30 Allmankind

2.10 Aramon (nb)

2.50 Latest Exhibition

3.30 Al Boum Photo

4.10 Billaway

4.50 Us And Them (nap)

5.30 Front View

GIMCRACK 

1.30 Allmankind (nb)

2.10 Stolen Silver

2.50 Thyme H ill

3.30 Clan Des Obeaux (nap)

4.10 Hazel H ill

4.50 Greaneteen

5.30 Column Of Fire

Allmankind is three from three for Dan Skelton and has already enjoyed success at Cheltenham

Allmankind is three from three for Dan Skelton and has already enjoyed success at Cheltenham

TRIUMPH HURDLE

(1.30: GRADE ONE (4YO) — 2 MILES 179 YARDS)   

Look under the word ‘headstrong’ in the dictionary and there may well be a picture of ALLMANKIND, who has tanked through all three of his starts over hurdles, looking like he might check out at any time. 

Remarkably, he manages to maintain the gallop to the line and, although he will need to produce another career-best in this company, the balance of his form and defeats of the likes of Cerberus suggest he is capable. 

Goshen has a terrific engine. He has an inclination to jump to his right, which is a shade disconcerting, but if that has been ironed out he looks to hold a strong chance along with Sir Psycho. More rain would play into the hands of the latter, who is a strong stayer and should relish the long run from the secondlast hurdle to the final flight.

BEST BET: ALL MANKIND 4-1

NEXT BEST: SIR PSYCHO 11-1

COUNTY HANDICAP HURDLE

(2.10: GRADE THREE — 2 MILES 179 YARDS)   

ARAMON, fifth in last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, has somehow found his way into a handicap and looks to have major claims if the ground keeps drying out. Few travelled better than Aramon 12 months ago and his latest effort in the Irish Champion Hurdle could barely have worked out any better. 

Aramon was a 20-1 chance that day to beat Honeysuckle and Darver Star, so to finish fifth, beaten just eight lengths, was a notable performance — especially as the winner won the mares’ event this week, while Darver Star hit the frame in the Champion Hurdle. 

Stolen Silver was nearly knocked over in the Betfair Hurdle and was at the back of the field, so it was to his credit that he finished within six lengths of the winner.

BEST BET: ARAMON 7-1

NEXT BEST: STOLEN SILVER 12-1

ALBERT BARTLETT NOVICES’ HURDLE

(2.50: GRADE ONE — 2 MILES 7 FURLONGS)    

There have been huge shocks in this race with winners at 50-1, 33-1 (three times) and 16-1 in the last decade, so with a host of hurdlers tackling a severe test of stamina for the first time, it is wise to keep stakes to a minimum. 

LATEST EXHIBITION tops a lengthy shortlist as he galloped on strongly to lift a Leopardstown Grade One at the Dublin Racing Festival, a performance which suggested there was improvement to come over three miles. He had to battle hard to overhaul Cobbler’s Way and may confirm the placings. 

Cobbler’s Way had accounted for Sempo when they met at Leopardstown. However, the last 100 yards saw Sempo erode the gap and he could prove a live outsider as he tries three miles for the first time. 

BEST BET: LATEST EXHIBITION 4-1

NEXT BEST: SEMPO 10-1

Clan Des Obeaux can prove he is no one-trick pony in Cheltenham's Gold Cup finale

Clan Des Obeaux can prove he is no one-trick pony in Cheltenham’s Gold Cup finale

CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP

(3.30: GRADE TWO — 3 MILE 2 FURLONGS)   

It is 17 years since there was a winner of back-to-back Gold Cups — but that record could be blown away today by AL BOUM PHOTO. Events have not gone entirely to plan this week for Willie Mullins, whose talented gelding provided the brilliant trainer with a first victory in chasing’s blue-riband event 12 months ago. Now connections are adopting a policy of ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. 

Al Boum Photo has had exactly the same preparation for today’s feature — winning comfortably at Tramore and following the pattern of 11 of the last 12 winners by running no more than three times in the season. 

At the age of eight and with few miles on the clock, the best could still be to come from Al Boum Photo, and the form of his Tramore victory was handed a nice boost when the runner-up won by 16 lengths on his next start. Santini will be a huge threat if he is still within striking distance running to the final fence, and his knowledge of Cheltenham and another light campaign should ensure he is on the scene. 

Last year’s fifth, Clan Des Obeaux, is another to consider because he was arguably ridden too aggressively 12 months ago and will be a stronger horse this time around.

BEST BET: AL BOUM PHOTO 10-3

NEXT BEST: CLAN DES OBEAUX 7-1

FOXHUNTER CHASE

4.10: CLASS TWO — 3 MILES 2 FURLONGS

The winner, runner-up and third from last year renew rivalries here, with Hazel Hill bidding to confirm placings with Shantou Flyer and the doughty Top Wood. Hazel Hill remains a huge threat given his four-length success last year, but there is a chance Shantou Flyer may finish a little closer this time. 

The 10-year-old was held up by a loose horse when they turned for home but he rallied gamely and his Cheltenham stats read 1142222, so he should be on the scene. Ireland also appears to have strong claims courtesy of BILL AWAY who was bought with a view to winning this race. He readily dismissed Staker Wallace at Naas and, although the runner-up was returning from a long absence that day, Billaway was very impressive and gains the nod.

BEST BET: BILLAWAY 6-1

NEXT BEST: SHANTOU FLYER 8-1

GRAND ANNUAL HANDICAP CHASE

4.50: GRADE THREE — 2 MILES  

US AND THEM is a rather speculative choice in one of the toughest handicaps of the week. However, he possessed the quality to finish second in a number of Grade One novice events last term, including the Arkle Chase, so could be handicapped to strike. If the rain stays away and he can recapture the form which saw him chase home Ornua at Aintree last spring, then the selection appears over-priced. 

There is a chance that Two Taffs may not find this a sufficient test, given he ran in the Ladbrokes Trophy and was a staying-on runner-up over two-and-a-half miles at Warwick last time. 

However, a strongly run two miles could be the answer as he raced exuberantly last time and his two trips to Cheltenham have yielded placed efforts.

BEST BET: US AND THEM 25-1

NEXT BEST: TWO TAFFS 16-1

MARTIN PIPE HANDICAP HURDLE

5.30: CLASS TWO — 2 MILES 4 FURLONGS  

FRONT VIEW, representing last year’s winning combination, chased home Five O’Clock (stablemate Assemble third) in Grade Three company at Thurles last time and, although beaten six lengths, can narrow that gap today with a more forceful ride. Short of room, the selection compounded his misfortune with an error at the last before staying on well to take the runners-up berth. 

Front View also finished a highly creditable second to Envoi Allen when they met in November. The form of Indefatigable took a boost when the horse that beat her here in November, Dame De Compagnie, cosily won the Coral Cup. 

Paul Webber’s mare recorded a career-best effort at Warwick last time, so clearly arrives here in good heart.

BEST BET: FRONT VIEW 4-1

NEXT BEST: INDEFATIGABLE 50-1

PETER SCUDAMORE – EIGHT TIMES CHAMPION JOCKEY

SELECTIONS

1.30 GOSHEN 11-4

2.10 OAKLEY 33-1

2.50 RAMSES DES TEILLES 12-1

3.30 LOSTINTRANSLATION 15-2

4.10 SHANTOU FLYER 8-1

4.50 LISP 13-2

5.30 FRONT VIEW 4-1

The Gold Cup is as open as I can remember but I am a massive fan of LOSTINTRANSLATION. I watched him win on his seasonal debut at Carlisle and was taken by his jumping ability and his high cruising speed.

His Betfair Chase win at Haydock in November from Bristol De Mai was excellent and he boasts top-level novice chase form from last season, including a second to Defi Du Seuil in the Marsh Novices’ Chase last year.

The thing you have to forgive is being pulled up behind Clan Des Obeaux in the King George VI Chase at Kempton over Christmas.

But trainer Colin Tizzard has given him an MOT since then and a breathing operation. You have to respect last year’s winner Al Boum Photo and his Willie Mullins-trained stablemate Kemboy. If the ground was drier and the race was being run on a right-handed track, I would probably go for him.

RAMSES DES TEILLES, a decent steeplechaser who holds a Grand National entry, has had a great return this season since having his sights set on hurdles. And being older and stronger, he should have a physical advantage in the three-mile Novices’ Hurdle.

Peter Scudamore is a racing expert for Freebets.com

JANE MANGAN – THE IRISH VIEW

SELECTIONS 

 

1.30 GOSHEN 11-4

2.10 CIEL DE NEIGE 8-1

2.50 LATEST EXHIBITION 4-1

3.30 AL BOUM PHOTO 10-3

4.10 HAZEL HILL 5-1

4.50 CHOSEN MATE 11-2

5.30 FRONT VIEW 4-1

AL BOUM PHOTO can be the first Irish-trained horse in almost 50 years to land back-to-back Cheltenham Gold Cups.

While Best Mate won three in a row for trainer Henrietta Knight (2002-04), you have to go back to Dan Mooretrained L’Escargot (1970-71) for a repeat Irish winner. Trainer Willie Mullins has adopted a Knight-like patient preparation with Al Boum Photo.

Following the same route as last year, the Paul Townendridden eight-year-old has only had one run this season, winning at Tramore on New Year’s Day.

Lots of people dismissed that as no more than a piece of work, but it should not be underestimated.

I expect an Irish 1-2 with Irish Gold Cup winner Delta Work following him home. But Britain holds all the aces in a strong Triumph Hurdle and I like what I have seen of Goshen .

Mullins-trained CIEL DE NEIGE ran a massive race when second to Pic D’Orhy in the Betfair Hurdle and is a lightly-raced runner who looks to be on the upgrade — just what you need in a competitive race such as the County Hurdle.

LATEST EXHIBITION is a battle-hardened Grade One winner who will love the three-mile test of the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle.

Jane is a pundit on Racing TV — the only place to watch every Festival race, live and uninterrupted. Visit racingtv.com or call 0844 472 5566.

KEN PITTERSON – BRITAIN’S NO 1 HORSE WATCHER 

KEN PITTERSON spends his working life on the racetrack watching horses. Here he gives his verdict on day four…  

SANTINI was not fit for his seasonal debut at Sandown in November but still found a way to win. He looked on the burly side when beating Bristol De Mai three-and-a-half lengths in the Cotswold Chase on trials day at Cheltenham in January. Santini has some solid Festival form, having finished second to Topofthegame in last year’s RSA Chase, and trainer Nicky Henderson should have him at his peak for the Gold Cup.

I also like PRESENTING PERCY each-way. He has had a quiet campaign and looks like he has been brought to a peak for this big day. SOLO is my pick in the Triumph Hurdle. He had a light Flat campaign in France and looked head and shoulders above the rest on his hurdling debut at Kempton. He’s a good jumper and travels strongly.

HARRY SENIOR has made steady progress and can shine in the Albert Bartlett. I liked the way he powered up the Cheltenham hill when winning on trials day. There is every chance his trainer Colin Tizzard will eke out even more improvement from him.

CAPTAIN HEATH (MARCUS TOWNEND)   

Trainer Paul Nicholls worked the oracle with Politologue on Wednesday and he can do the same with CLAN DES OBEAUX to ensure the dual King George winner turns last year’s Gold Cup fifth into a win.

FORMCAST (NIGEL TAYLOR)   

Boum Photo won last year to give trainer Willie Mullins his first Cheltenham Gold Cup success and that form remains the stand-out evidence. Santini and Clan Des Obeaux are the big dangers.

CAPTAIN HEATH’S SELECTIONS 

1.30 ALLMANKIND 4-1

2.10 ELUSIVE BELLE 14-1

2.50 MONkFISH 7-1

3.30 CLAN DES OBEAUX 7-1

4.10 HAZEL HILL 5-1

4.50 LISP 13-2

5.30 FRONT VIEW 4-1

FORMCAST’S SELECTIONS 

1.30 SOLO 4-1

2.10 ARAMON 7-1

2.50 THYME HILL 5-1

3.30 AL BOUM PHOTO 10-3

4.10 HAZEL HILL 5-1

4.50 GREANETEEN 4-1

5.30 COLUMN OF FIRE 11-2



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